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Inuyama Castle

Posted in Places by tokyobling on May 9, 2013

One of Japan’s most famous castle is in Inuyama City, right on the border between Aichi and Gifu prefectures. It was started in 1441 and is unique in that it was privately owned, by a continuos line of the noble family Naruse, until 2004. Like almost all original Japanese castles Inuyama Castle is built with a timber frame base, and there a great model showing the timber skeleton of the castle inside. Many of the trees used in the construction of this castle must have been many hundreds of years even at the time of construction. Like most castles in Japan it is surprisingly small once you get up close, it must have been very crowded in times of war! Inuyama Castle is an easy day trip away from the prefecture capital of Nagoya and easily one of the most visited tourist attractions in Aichi prefecture.

Inuyama Castle is heavily fortified and there are a number of traps built into the walls, like the opening in the wall visible in the third picture from the bottom, where defenders could drop rocks or burning oil onto attackers crammed into a narrow accessway beneath. There were many more traps but I didn’t get decent photos of them all, maybe next time!













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  1. yoshizen said, on May 9, 2013 at 7:20 am

    So, at last the Castle itself, — long after you showed a fancy looking restaurant in Inuyama. 🙂
    ( I guess, it was in the same journey. )
    Very clean nice photos. (— to show the traps, you may need ultra-wide angle lens such as fish-eye.)


    • tokyobling said, on May 9, 2013 at 12:46 pm

      Yes, this was from a trip I made last year. I have a big back log of photos that I haven’t had time to publish, and I try to focus on new stuff. (^-^;) Thank you for your kind comment!


  2. zoomingjapan said, on May 10, 2013 at 1:32 am

    I really enjoyed Inuyama Castle when I visited a few summers ago. The area surrounding the castle is also very beautiful! 🙂


    • tokyobling said, on May 10, 2013 at 12:48 pm

      Yes it is! The castle town will be the subject of an upcoming post… (^-^) I hope I can see it in the summer as well.


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